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Old 04-09-2013, 10:22 PM   #605
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Thanks, Toroweap Inmates!

Good times. All the pics and comments add to the thread. Also the PMs. Looks like everyone wants to ride again. Didn't work out too badly considering most of started as "internet" friends. If my kid (or wife) said he was going off to meet some friends he met on the internet . . . . . . 80 miles down some dirt road . . . we could have ended up chopped into little pieces . . .

Special shout-out to red_ryder. First post. Always an honor to de-lurk someone. Hope it was good for you, too.

Originally Posted by red_ryder View Post
Thanks to all the inmates we met from St George great hospitality and nice meetin ya the ride back to Mesquite via Elbow canyon was super, no real issues... Back in Edmonton now weather sucks, snow started in Calgary til we got home last nite
Here's the map recap. Careful mileage count: St. George to Mt. Trumbull Schoolhouse = 60 miles (depends on where you get gas in St. George). Schoolhouse on to Toroweap = almost 40 more miles. Toroweap out to Colorado City = 60 miles. Total = 160. For Noobs to the thread, index of rides in Post #1.

Bonus pic. Nampaweap Petroglyph from a ride a few years ago. Some of you guys just can't get enough rock art.

After the Toroweap ride spent the weekend hiking in Zion with family. A few pics of the easiest slot canyon in Zion.

Just my son.

Son took this pic of me.

This slot is super easy, dry, very short, and very accessible. No official trail. Not that many people know about it. Stop at small parking lot just at the top of long tunnel. Canyon Overlook trail is the established trail that goes out to the top of the Great Arch. Great hike. Do this if you haven't. Easy. Only about 1/2 mile.

For the slot canyon, scramble down the sand/rock slope at the back of the parking lot behind the outhouse. Only about 50 feet down. This is Pine Creek. If you go down stream under the road bridge you will quickly start the technical part of Pine Creek. This requires serious rappelling and wetsuits. Fine to do take a look, then reverse.

The slot canyon hike goes up the Pine Creek drainage. Also called Clear Creek in some off-trail hiking guides. It is for the most part sandy, smooth and narrow. Beautiful sculpted rock. Dry. You'll see footprints but probably no other people. Proceed up the drainage for 1/2 mile at most. You are parallel to the road and just barely out of sight / sound. There are several breaks in the cliff band where you can scramble out (up to the left) if you want.

The fun way to exit is to stay in the wash until you see this.

Culvert goes under the road. Walk through the culvert then scramble up the road. Walk back down the road to the parking lot by the tunnel. The road distance is 0.3 miles. Hike is totally legal and totally safe. Way tighter slot than the Narrows. Super easy to access. Have fun. Don't go if it is raining.

Also went for a moto ride with Dad. Area west of the Utah Hill. Pics coming. Preview:

Thanks for all the positive comments. Ride safe out there.

RedRockRider - WR250R, TW200, Versys, Vulcan 900 LT, Zuma 125

Southwest Utah: Dual Sport Riding from St. George

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